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Si Phan Don's four thousand islands

Listed under Islands in Laos.

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Si Phan Don means four thousand islands and is a region in Laos just above the Cambodian border where the Mekong river is broken up by the Khone Falls and several sets of rapids. The falls and rapids split the river into countless channels which have produced the many islands and islets.

One of the main attractions of this region are the Irrawaddy Dolphins who live below the falls. The region is tropical but inland, so rice fields, mangrove forests and rainforests dominate the mostly flat scene.

The main islands of the group are Don Kong, which is the largest and has the most inhabitants and accommodation, Don Khon and Don Det. Don Khon and D,n Det offer accommodation with less home comforts and more of an adventure style-jungle-tree-house type of experience.

Si Phan Don is a good place to visit if you like a quiet holiday and enjoy cycling, walking, swimming or boating and you're looking for a cultural or adventurous break.

Written by  Lindsay Drury.

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